OVER the years I’ve done a fair bit of island- hopping in Scotland.It’s a great way to get a taste of a new place when you’re short on time and it has quickly become one of my favourite ways to holiday.But this year I wanted some guaranteed sunshine without missing out on the delights of discovering a new place every day — so I headed to Croatia for some island-hopping by yacht.After a short flight from Edinburgh, I meet up with my motley crew in the beautiful city of Split. On the first and last night of the trip we were on dry land, staying at the impressive Hotel Park.I was suitably ensconced in a deluxe double room split over two floors — a first for me. I traipsed up and down the stairs taking in the views of the Adriatic from my living room and my mezzanine bedroom before relaxing with a drink from the minbar and dreaming of the gorgeous places we’d be visiting.But first I wanted to explore Split and what better way than a guided tour. There is … [Read more...] about Our intrepid Scottish Sun explorer goes island hopping in Croatia
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EVERY year, millions of Brits spend thousands on a far flung getaway.But believe it or not, there are actually plenty of holiday spots around Britain that are just as exotic looking.The island has a number of locations where if you didn't know any better... you'd swear you were abroad.In North Wales, there is a tiny village that looks like it would be better suited to the cliffs of the Amalfi coast for instance.Up in Scotland meanwhile, there are several white sandy beaches that wouldn't look out of place in the Caribbean.Sure, you might risk more rain by staying in the UK... but you'll also save the hassle of flights and currency conversion.Read on to see which exotic British holiday spots have to be seen to be believed... Castell Coch in South WalesNo, this isn’t a castle in Bavaria, this is Castle Coch in South Wales.The 19th century building was built near the village of Tongwynlais by a Victorian who was fascinated by the Middle Ages.John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd … [Read more...] about These UK destinations could be abroad they look so exotic… so can you guess where they are?
TOM CRUISE’s insistence on risking life and limb to perform his own stunts has backfired big time for his bosses on Mission: Impossible 6.I can reveal a failed roof jump has left the action movie’s main man with two broken bones in his ankle.His likely spell recovering from Sunday’s accident has now resulted in production being halted for four months.A film insider said: “The injury is worse than was at first feared. Tom did serious damage and will need months to recover.“He is the film’s biggest star and everything revolves around him. The movie’s bosses had no choice other than to postpone the filming.”Tom is pictured tackling the stunt at Blackfriars, central London, crashing into a building then doubling up as he is helped by medics who treated him at the scene.After X-rays revealed the extent of the damage, he is now expected to head home to the US for treatment.His injury has not only played havoc with the movie’s tight … [Read more...] about Tom Cruise ‘will need months to recover’ from broken bones after smash into a wall during failed action stunt
LIKE your holidays to pack a punch?Trust us, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast has got it all... 1 Cobbled streets Sitting on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Split – the country’s second largest city – is seriously pretty, with UNESCO-protected architecture and views of the Adriatic. Spend an afternoon wandering the cobbled streets to the sound of the nuns singing at St Dominic’s Church. Grab a pre-dinner Ozujsko, £5 (Croatia’s favourite beer) at Lvxor, across from the steps of Peristil square and take in live guitar music. Spy the 20ft statue of Gregory of Nin outside the gate of Diocletian’s Palace, too. Legend has it that rubbing his big toe brings good luck! 2 Beach stays Bavice is the closest beach to the city centre – and Split’s only sandy stretch. Here you can watch people play Picigin, a Croatian game that involves stopping a ball from hitting the water. Set just off the sand and only a 10-minute … [Read more...] about Picturesque islands, rivers perfect for rafting and a real life Game of Thrones set… Seven reasons to visit the Dalmatian Coast
At a glance Croatia is great for...Relaxing in sunny, beach heavenHanging out in stylish bars and pavement cafés in the historic townsIsland hopping – there’s hundreds to choose from! Introducing CroatiaCroatia’s Adriatic coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, making it a top destination for spring and autumn as well as high summer. Sun worshippers come from far and wide to lap up the bright sunshine and breath-taking views along this coastline. Further inland, historic towns and stylish cities make for ideal urban breaks. With a practically limitless list of places to visit and stunning and diverse beaches where you can just kick back and relax. In times gone by, Croatia was hardly a holiday hotspot, however, in recent years this has changed and this newly arrived fashionista is quickly climbing the ranks of Europe’s must visit destinations. Getting Around CroatiaCroatia has a variety of transport options to make it easy to get … [Read more...] about Croatia Holidays guide – from maps and weather to the best attractions and restaurants – here’s what you need to know
SUMMER in the city can be such fun – so why not enjoy an urban escape right now?There is no better time, while the weather is warm and the streets are alive with festivals and other al-fresco events.Here are my suggestions for 15 brilliant breaks, from coastal favourites where you can combine culture with beach downtime, to gastronomic and historical gems.WHILE the crowds hit Barcelona, clever folk head 20km along the coast to Sitges – famed for its great beaches, eclectic architecture and colourful gay and lesbian scene. Visit from August 21 to 27 for the Festa Major de Sitges celebrations.HOW TO GO: British Airways flies to Barcelona from £34 one way. See ba.com. The 4-star Avenida Sofia Hotel Boutique & Spa has a rooftop pool and sea views. Rooms from £58 a night at onthebeach.co.uk. CENTURIES of history at the heart of the Med are yours to explore in the Maltese capital of Valletta. With its cobbled streets, this fortified city is ideal for a summer break. … [Read more...] about Top 15 summer city breaks
THERE’S a lot more to Croatia than the bustling tourist traps of Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar.Venture north to the Kvarner Gulf and you’ll be rewarded with crystal-clear turquoise waters, lush green mountains, wonderful food and, most importantly, smaller crowds.A millionaire’s playground in the 19th century, these days the bay is overlooked by most tourists in favour of better-known resorts to the south.But arriving at our first stop on the island of Losinj, it was clear that the region has lost none of its high-class charm.Landing at the tiny Rijeka Airport, we’d been driven to the ferry port for a 25-minute crossing to the island of Cres, then on to the connecting isle of Losinj.The island was once a favourite holiday spot among Austro-Hungarian royalty and our hotel for the next three nights, the 5H Hotel Bellevue in Mali Losinj, was certainly fit for a king.Surrounded by fragrant pine trees, I was content to sit on the balcony overlooking the sparkling … [Read more...] about Avoid tourists and discover Croatia’s hidden island paradise of Losinj and its high-class charm